Habeas Schmabeas

01.11.09 | Permalink | Comment?

Whereas, It has become necessary to call into service, not only volunteers, but also portions of the militia of the States by draft, in order to suppress the insurrection existing in the United States, and disloyal persons are not adequately restrained by the ordinary processes of law from hindering this measure, and from giving aid and comfort in various ways to the insurrection. Now, therefore, be it ordered, that during the existing insurrection, and as a necessary measure for suppressing the same, all rebels and insurgents, their aiders and abettors within the United States, and all persons discouraging volunteer enlistments, resisting militia drafts, or guilty of any disloyal practice affording aid and comfort to the rebels against the authority of the United States, shall be subject to martial law, and liable to trial and punishment by courts-martial or military commission.

Second: That the writ of habeas corpus is suspended in respect to all persons arrested, or who are now, or hereafter during the rebellion shall be, imprisoned in any fort, camp, arsenal, military prisons, or other place of confinement, by any military authority, or by the sentence of any court-martial or military commission.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed. Done at the City of Washington, this Twenty-fourth day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-two, and of the Independence of the United States the eighty-seventh.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN. By the President.

WILLIAM H. SEWARD, Secretary of State.



01.06.09 | Permalink | Comment?

“Life is an ongoing process of choosing between safety (out of fear and need for defense) and risk (for the sake of progress and growth): Make the growth choice a dozen times a day.” – Abraham Maslow



12.23.08 | Permalink | Comment?




Free State

12.14.08 | Permalink | Comment?

More than 200-year history of independence, small government, and local control….


live free or die….


Abandon all burden, ye who enter here.

08.08.08 | Permalink | Comment?

From Wikipedia Gemütlichkeit

The underlying concept is that social tensions and certain environments can cause stress, resulting in a feeling of alienation. Gemütlichkeit is an active way of preventing such negative influences by going to places and/or meeting with people that are regarded to be gemütlich. A gemütlich person again is one that takes part in this lifestyle and knows about the tensions he/she is able to cause, and thus tries to avoid these things actively. This way an agreement is established to make an “environmentally cosy” site (Heuriger, garden, cellar, backyard restaurant, living room…) “socially cosy”.

One characteristic of a gemütlich situation is that one could blot out everything else (past, future, other places and absent people) and yet everything would be fine (an eternal “now and here”). Germans describe that as “leaving everything at the doorstep” (though a gemütlich place doesn’t necessarily have to be inside a house).




08.08.08 | Permalink | Comment?

From Wikipedia: Hygge

The Danes do not traditionally consider themselves a “warm” culture or people, and generally consider themselves reserved. However, one of the fundemental aspects of Danish culture is “hygge”, which, although translated as “coziness” has no exact English equivelent. Hygge is a complete absence of anything annoying, irritating, or emotionally overwhelming, and the presence of and pleasure from comforting, gentle, and soothing things. Hygge is often associated with family and friends so close that they are understood as family. Christmas time with loving family indoors with candles lit on a cold raining night is “hygge”, as is grilling a pølse (Danish sausage) on a long summer evening. These are necessary examples which, although they do not precisely define “hygge”, can give an English speaker an idea of a deeply valued traditional concept of Danish culture.


Positive Disintegration

07.30.08 | Permalink | Comment?

From Positive Disintegration

Dabrowski also described a group of people who display a different course: an individualized developmental pathway. These people break away from an automatic, rote, socialized view of life (which Dabrowski called negative adjustment) and move into and through a series of personal disintegrations. Dabrowski saw these disintegrations as a key element in the overall developmental process. Crises challenge our status quo and cause us to review our self, ideas, values, thoughts, ideals, etc. (more…)


The Migration

07.19.08 | Permalink | Comment?

I would like to thank MS for helping me move this website to an open-source host. This website is running on an Ubuntu Server virtual machine, and was on a Vista host. Foolishly I felt compelled to install the latest Win updates, which broke the networking components of VMWare server. (more…)


Written against an Empire

07.16.08 | Permalink | Comment?

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, —That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

From the US Declaration of Independence.

The next level of freedom would be to replace positive instances of “government” with “natural organization”.  But those old cats didn’t ask my opinion when writing it up.


Equalism, Egalitarianism

07.11.08 | Permalink | Comment?

There was going to be a harmless Wikipedia excerpt and link here, but the article was symptomatic of foolishness – Egalitarian in some matters but not others? Equal sometimes? Sounds like quantum physics. (more…)

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